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Constant grinding of your teeth often results in TMD, more formally known as temporomandibular disorder. Many people don't understand how serious this condition is until it reaches a stage where even talking becomes difficult. There is no known way to cure TMJ, however you can try and avoid it worsening and treat it when the condition is at an early stage. It is important to note that because there is no single reason that teeth grinding begins, the best course of action is to treat the grinding in order to mitigate the damage. If you are struggling with teeth grinding and TMJ, visit our professionals at Henricksen Family Dental to learn more about why you might be experiencing these issues and how we can help treat them.
People who suffer from TMD often have a lot of pain associated with the condition. This pain doesn't necessarily exist only around your teeth, either. It often spreads to your jaw, your tooth, your back, and even the back of your head and ears. The longer you grind your teeth with no protection, the more severe the pain will become. The grinding also results in tooth sensitivity which makes it more difficult for you to eat your food or enjoy hot or cold beverages as well. No amount of pain killers or treatment techniques will help you get rid of this pain and until you address its root cause.
The only way you will be able to find relief from teeth grinding and worsening TMD is to invest in a good night mouthguard designed for your specific oral health needs. Our professionals can craft mouthguards tailored to your specific mouth and ensure that it is comfortable to wear all night.
TMD and Better Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest with TMD can be a difficult task. The main issue, of course, is that as soon as you fall asleep and your teeth begin grinding, you will likely begin to experience pain. This can make sleeping a frustrating and almost-impossible prospect.
To help ensure you get enough sleep and can function throughout the day, preventing as much damage and pressure from your grinding teeth as possible is vital. A quality mouthguard can help serve as a cushion between your teeth, often preventing them from grinding together at full force. The reduced friction can help prevent tooth sensitivity from increasing while also relieving some of the jaw and mouth pain that grinding teeth can cause.
TMD and a Better Mood
Better sleep is always good for your mood because it allows your body to rest whiling keeping your mind active and alert. People who don't sleep properly can be cranky and grumpy and their productivity generally suffers. This can also have a negative impact on your mood, making it more difficult to find the motivation to give your all in your professional as well as personal relationships. Gaining relief from the pressure of TMD is important to boosting your mood and mental health.
Call us at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental to get yourself a good quality night mouthguard and relieve the symptoms of TMD as soon as possible.